The Rolling Stones' "A Bigger Bang" (Virgin) debuts at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums, ending the 13-week run of their EMI stablemates Coldplay's "X&Y" (Parlophone). The Stones' 2002 compilation

The Rolling Stones' "A Bigger Bang" (Virgin) debuts at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums, ending the 13-week run of their EMI stablemates Coldplay's "X&Y" (Parlophone). The Stones' 2002 compilation "Forty Licks" also topped the pan European album survey, but only after waiting three weeks at No. 2.

"Bang" racks up a number of other notable feats in its first week. It debuts at No. 1 in Germany, Italy, Holland, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland and Austria. "In Italy, this is the first time a Rolling Stones studio album has reached No. 1," says Lucie Avery, VP, international marketing, Virgin U.K. "[That achievement] has had coverage in all the national newspapers [there] including a full page in Repubblica."

The album starts at No. 2 in the United Kingdom, Spain, Norway and Iceland, No. 3 in France, No.5 in Portugal and No.18 in Ireland. "Bang" comes agonizingly close to becoming the band's first U.K. No. 1 album since "Voodoo Lounge" in 1994, missing out on the top spot by precisely 11
sales. The set sells an opening 43,466 copies there, compared to 43, 477 for James Blunt's "Back To Bedlam" (Atlantic), which holds at No. 2 on Top 100 Albums. Blunt now grabs a No. 2 debut in Germany.

It's the second time in three years that the Stones have missed the summit on the British chart by a whisker. In 2002, the "Forty Licks" compilation sold close to 99,000 copies in its first week, a mere 943 units behind Elvis Presley''s "30 #1 Hits" (RCA). But "Bang" impressively outsells the Stones' last studio album, "Bridges To Babylon," in the United Kingdom. That 1997 album sold 23,229 in its first week.

Avery adds that "Streets of Love," the first single from "A Bigger Bang," is also performing notably in several European territories. It's the Stones' first-ever No. 1 single in Spain, a career-best No. 4 in Denmark and is No. 5 in Holland, their best showing there since "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" in 1965.

The next highest new entry on Top 100 Albums, at No. 14, is another Virgin release, Alain Souchon's "La Vie Theodore." It's new at No. 1 in France and No. 3 in Switzerland for the 61-year-old French "chanson" favorite.

Blunt's run at the top of Eurochart Hot 100 Singles with "You're Beautiful" is restricted to just one week by "Don't Cha" (A&M /Universal) by self-styled "American Spice Girls" the Pussycat Dolls featuring Busta Rhymes. That races 74-1 on the aggregate chart after arriving at No. 1 in the United Kingdom on sales of 85,000. It's also new at No.Ireland, No. 2 in Germany, No. 5 in Sweden and Austria and No. 7 in Italy, and soars 39-4 in Holland. "Don't Cha" additionally climbs 9-2 in Norway and holds at No. 3 in Denmark.

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